Find out how one British expat is using the Circuit Breaker period to give back!
Anthony Houlahan has signed up as a food delivery rider and is on a mission to raise $100,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) by the end of the Circuit Breaker period. To date, he has raised $42,000!
The 49-year-old permanent resident, who has lived in Singapore for 18 years, is donating all his earnings from delivering food in the evenings and on weekends. This is after he’s done with his day job as Vice President of Strategy at Ericsson Telecommunications!
We asked Anthony if it was scary cycling round Singapore in the traffic. He says no, but probably because the roads are a bit quieter during the Circuit Breaker. Initially, he found it hard physically, but he’s getting used to it. His biggest day so far involved cycling 77 km and making 21 deliveries!
Anthony, who only purchased his bike at the start of April, decided this charitable undertaking was a good way to stay fit and combat the loneliness associated with isolation. His wife and two daughters (ages 21 and 23) are currently based in the UK. He’s now on his bike for between two and three hours Monday to Friday, and up to eight hours on Saturday and Sunday.
While delivering meals, Anthony explains his cause to customers in a message on the delivery app. He also gives them an informational leaflet encouraging them to donate. The aim is to tap corporate sponsors, too, in the hope of reaching the $100,000 goal by 21 June.
How to help
Currently, there are four ways you can show your support. You can:
- Make a direct donation to the Children’s Cancer Foundation via the Giving.sg website
- Pledge an amount based on Anthony’s earnings as a food delivery rider
- Join him on his quest by becoming a delivery rider yourself
- Share his mission with others
Over the years, CCF has helped more than 3,000 children and their families at different stages of illness and recovery. It’s a charity that’s close to Anthony’s heart. “Children in need, cancer and heart disease are three issues that mean a lot to me. CCF covers two of those. It also has excellent credentials and testimonials from people it’s helped,” he explains. Anthony’s goal through this push is to help improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
To find out more or to donate, visit fooddeliveryriderforcharity.com. Remember, every little bit counts!